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The Surface fiasco fallout: Ballmer, you're fired

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    The Surface fiasco fallout: Ballmer, you're fired


    There are failed products, and there are failed products. Consider three notable flops: Apple's Newton, Ford's Edsel, and Microsoft's Surface. The Newton failed because the technology simply wasn't ready for prime time. The Edsel failed because it was ugly and its design was wildly out of sync with consumer preferences. But the Surface outdid them both: Its technology is badly flawed, and it's entirely out of sync with what the buying public wants.
    Here's another chest-grabber. According to the fascinating Microsoft 10-K report, "Sales and marketing expenses increased $1.4 billion or 10 percent, reflecting advertising costs for Windows 8 and Surface." Got that? The increase in advertising is larger than total Surface sales. Advertising is supposed to increase sales, not outspend them.
    The Surface fiasco fallout: Ballmer, you're fired | The Industry Standard - InfoWorld

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    The article had me going for a minute there - until I realized I had misread it. The RT price was cut by $150, not to $150. I'd spring for one at $150 but not at $350 (for the 32 GB RT).

    Maybe if I hold out a while longer I can find a deal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TerryE View Post
    The article had me going for a minute there - until I realized I had misread it. The RT price was cut by $150, not to $150. I'd spring for one at $150 but not at $350 (for the 32 GB RT).

    Maybe if I hold out a while longer I can find a deal.
    With a non replaceable battery even $150.00 is high, at most a 2 year life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TerryE View Post
    Maybe if I hold out a while longer I can find a deal.

    You should try to find one before the Surface ends up buried in the New Mexico desert in the same pit as the Atari 2600 "ET" cartridges.
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    We should all by Surfaces NOW, because in 20 years, they'll be valuable collectors items, like Edsels. If the batteries last that long.

    What you mean by irreplaceable batteries, the CMOS battery, or the main power battery? Either way, that's very bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by acr731 View Post
    You should try to find one before the Surface ends up buried in the New Mexico desert in the same pit as the Atari 2600 "ET" cartridges.
    Hey, that was my idea:

    Microsoft's $900M Surface RT write-down: What happened?

    Microsoft, are you listening?
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    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    What you mean by irreplaceable batteries, the CMOS battery, or the main power battery? Either way, that's very bad.
    Yes bad indeed. The battery is important so having access to it should be considered a priority on a device's design.

    The surface is glued-down without any screws... main battery is irreplaceable unless you know some electronics and have the guts to dismount the thing in pieces just to replace battery (not an official way to do it).

    Nokia Lumia's also have non-replaceable batteries but I would try opening it if it has screws (don't own one to confirm) if battery really died.

    Without screws to open... Getting the plastic cover intact without ripping it to pieces is not always easy.
    Job not for everyone and this isn't good for the device's reputation.
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    On the M$ surface the battery is non replacible even under warnty they will replace the device not fix it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by labeeman View Post
    On the M$ surface the battery is non replacible even under warnty they will replace the device not fix it.
    Goes without saying. That's a practice well applied these days, nobody repairs anymore.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    That means, the era of complete PLANNED OBSOLESCENCE has come to fruition!
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